Chicago Maroons Football
Chicago Maroons football
2017 Chicago Maroons football team
Chicago Maroons logo.svg
First season 1892
Athletic director Erin McDermott
Head coach Chris Wilkerson
3rd season, 14-5 (.737)
Stadium Stagg Field
(Capacity: 1,650)
Field surface FieldTurf
Location Chicago, Illinois
Conference Midwest Conference
All-time record 416-368-34 (.529)
Claimed nat'l titles 2 (1905, 1913)
Conference titles 10
Heisman winners 1
Consensus All-Americans 12
Current uniform
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Colors Maroon and White[1]
         
Fight song Wave the Flag
Mascot Phil the Phoenix
Website athletics.uchicago.edu

The Chicago Maroons football represents the University of Chicago in college football. The Maroons, which play in NCAA Division III, will become a football-only member of the Midwest Conference in the 2017 season.[2] From 1892 to 1939, the Maroons were a major college football power. The University of Chicago was a founding member of the Big Ten Conference and the Maroons were coached by Amos Alonzo Stagg, one of the game's pioneers, for 41 seasons. In 1935, halfback Jay Berwanger became the first recipient of the Downtown Athletic Club Trophy, later known as the Heisman Trophy. Nonetheless, in the late 1930s, university president Robert Maynard Hutchins decided that big-time college football and the university's commitment to academics was not a good fit.[3] The University of Chicago abolished its football program in 1939 and withdrew from the Big Ten in 1946. Football returned to the University of Chicago in 1963 in the form of a club team, which was upgraded to varsity status in 1969. The Maroons began competing in Division III in 1973.

Division history

Year Division
1937-1939 NCAA (Major College)
1940-1962 No team
1963-1968 Club team
1969-1972 NCAA College Division
1973-present NCAA Division III

Conferences

Year Conference
1892-1895 Independent
1896-1939 Big Ten Conference
1940-1962 No team
1963-1968 Club team
1969-1972 Independent
1973-1975 Division III Independent
1976-1987 Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference
1988-1989 Division III Independent
1990-2016 University Athletic Association
2015-2016 Southern Athletic Association
2017-present Midwest Conference[4]

Records

  • Most Wins: 16 (1899)
  • Most Losses: 10 (1991)
  • Most Ties: 3 (1924)

Championships

National championships

  • 1905 (National Championship Foundation Poll)
  • 1913 (Parke H. Davis) (2)

University Athletic Association championships

  • 1998
  • 2000 (2)
  • 2005 (3)
  • 2010 (4)
  • 2014 (5)

Big Ten Conference championships

  • 1899
  • 1905 (2)
  • 1907 (3)
  • 1908 (4)
  • 1913 (5)
  • 1922 (6)
  • 1924 (7)

All-Time Record Against Current Big Ten Members[5]

School Wins Losses Ties  %
Illinois 19 22 3 .466
Indiana 20 4 1 .789
Iowa 9 3 2 .714
Maryland* 1 0 0 1.000
Michigan 7 19 0 .269
Michigan State* 1 0 0 1.000
Minnesota 5 12 1 .306
Nebraska* 1 1 0 .500
Northwestern 26 8 3 .743
Ohio State 2 10 2 .214
Penn State* 0 0 0 N/A
Purdue 27 14 1 .655
Rutgers* 0 0 0 N/A
Wisconsin 16 19 5 .463

Note: Michigan State, Penn State, Nebraska, Maryland, and Rutgers were not members of the Big Ten when Chicago was a member.

Notable personnel

College Football Hall of Fame

Name Position Years Inducted Notes
Jay Berwanger Halfback 1933-1935 1954 First recipient of the Heisman Trophy
Hugo Bezdek Fullback 1905 1954 Inducted for his career as a coach at Oregon, Arkansas, and Penn State
Fritz Crisler End 1919-1921 1954 Inducted for his career as a coach at Minnesota, Princeton, and Michigan
Paul Des Jardien Center 1912-1914 1955 All-American in 1913 and 1914
Walter Eckersall Quarterback 1903-1906 1951 Leader of the 1905 national championship team
Clarence Herschberger Fullback 1895-1898 1970 First western player selected as a first-team All-American
Tiny Maxwell Guard 1902, 1904-1905 1974 All-American for 1905 national championship team
Clark Shaughnessy Coach 1933-1939 1968 College football coach for 50 years
Amos Alonzo Stagg Coach 1892-1932 1951 "The Grand Old Man of the Midway"
Walter Steffen Quarterback 1906-1908 1969 Scored 156 points for teams that went 13-2-1; First-team All-American, 1908
Andy "Polyphemus" Wyant Guard, Center 1892-1894 1962 Played 8 varsity seasons of college football for Bucknell and Chicago

Others

James T. Struck BA, BS, AA, MLIS played 3 years of intramural football and won for Henderson House 1 year. Invented the behind the back play in which the player holds the ball behind the back so the ball is hidden from competition. All the other players could hold their hands behind the back too to create confusion. In addition, I invented the Arrow formation. The offense forms an arrow structure with the tip of the arrow protecting the ball and QB and running back from tackle.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Color Palette | University Communications". Retrieved 2016. 
  2. ^ "UChicago football set to join Midwest Conference as affiliate member in 2017" (Press release). Athletics & Recreation, The University of Chicago. May 11, 2016. Retrieved 2017. 
  3. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/17/sports/ncaafootball/at-the-university-of-chicago-football-and-higher-education-mix.html?_r=0
  4. ^ "Wash U, Chicago already leaving SAA". d3football.com. June 12, 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-25. Retrieved . 

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